A Very Chemist Christmas

Christmas is one of my most favorite times of the year.  I love spending time with my family, watching Christmas movies and shows, putting up decorations, and many of the other holiday filled activities. This year, I was excited to be able to celebrate the holidays at work. We had an ugly sweater contest, bought and wrapped gifts for less fortunate families, decorated the laboratory, as well as several other activities. The one activity I would like to share with you guys is the ornaments I made at work. We transformed everyday laboratory items into ornaments for the Christmas tree. The two items used from the lab were a disposable transfer pipet and a petri dish. With the pipet, I made a reindeer using a few arts and crafts supplies, and painted a Christmas tree on the petri dish. I’ve posted pictures below to show you the finished products. As a precaution, I’m no Picasso with the paint brush!

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Cold Sore Treatment

I’ve been suffering from cold sore outbreaks since I was a little girl. Cold sores are very uncomfortable and unattractive. You’ve seen the commercials where the person with an outbreak is embarrassed and wants to hide. Well, in some ways, cold sores can make you feel that way. For me, I get them at the most inconvenient times. For instance, I’ll get them when I have a major event to attend or when meeting up with a friend that I haven’t seen in awhile. Cold sores can make you feel really self conscious.

For years I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to find ways to treat and prevent them from occurring.  A few years ago, I thought that I had finally found a solution in the product Abreva. I found it at Walmart for about $17. The package said that if applied to the cold sore early on, it would prevent a full blown outbreak from occurring. It also promises that it works better than an other product that is on the market. The instructions for its application is to apply the product no more than five times a day. The issue I had with Abreva is that it never consistently worked. Sometimes it would and sometimes it wouldn’t. I didn’t want to continue paying that much for a product that is about the size of my pinky finger, and that work at random times.

So, about a month ago, I found another product at Walmart that claimed to treat cold sores. It was almost half the price of Abreva. I tried it an it works within a small period of time after applying it to the cold sore. It’s cheaper, only has to be applied once, and has worked consistently. So for anyone who maybe suffering from cold sore outbreaks I suggest that you try the cold sore treatment by OraLabs. You can find it at Walmart for $9.88. You only get 2 grams of product for that price, but it is well worth it. I’ve posted a picture below of the how it looks.

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Closet Chic: Sophisticated Sunday

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Good afternoon, lovelies!

Here’s Jessica look from Sunday.  I think this whole weekend she was channeling black and white.

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Her black and white body con dress is from Rainbow for $19.99.  Her shoes are from Just Fab.  They are a bridesmaid’s gift. Her black and white earrings are from boutique that posted about a while back. The look is simple and sophisticated.

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Migraine Relief

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During my senior year in undergrad, 2011, I began suffering from migraine headaches. I hadn’t experienced them previously and had no family history of them. Initially, I had no clue that it was a migraine headache. I assumed it was normal headache and decided to take Ibuprofen to make it go away. Unfortunately, it didn’t work, so I decided to Google headaches and saw that some of the symptoms I was experiencing matched those of a migraine headache. I went to the store and bought Excedrin Migraine medicine and found relief using it. Fast forward to a few years later….the Excedrin still relieved me from headaches, but I started noticing that I would experience nausea after taking. After a brief Google search, I found some natural ways to relieve migraine headaches and decided to try some. The first thing I tried was caffeinated coffee. I noticed that if I drank some in the morning, I wouldn’t experience a migraine at all during the day. Also, if I drank some when I experience a headache, it would go away about five minutes after I drank it. So, I began drinking a cup or two every morning. Unfortunately, I have a low tolerance for caffeine and would feel jittery throughout the day. I hated the feeling and decided to find another alternative. I remembered reading that green tea is good for migraines as well and decided to try it. I purchased some organic green tea. It had a smaller dose of caffeine than the coffee did, so I was able to drink it without feeling jittery. For me, the green tea starts to relieve my migraines anywhere from five to ten minutes after drinking it. So for now, I’m going to continue using organic green tea to relieve my migraine headaches. The key ingredient in stopping the headache is the caffeine. If you’ve found these methods to be useful or have any suggestions then comment and let me know!

Jessica

DIY: Handmade Paper Roll Flowers

While searching Pintrest for do it yourself (DIY) project ideas, I happened upon this simple handmade flower arts and crafts projects. It’s really simple to complete and the finished product is beautiful. I’ve listed the materials I used for this project below along with pictures:
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  1. Empty toilet tissue or paper towel rolls
  2. Paint/Paint brush
  3. Scissors
  4. Glue gun
  5. Paperclips

Instructions:

First, paint the paper roll whatever color you choose. You also may leave it as is. Once you’ve paint all of the paper rolls you need let them air dry. Before cutting the roll, flatten it.
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Then, cut the paper roll into 5 or 6 equal sections, depending on your preference.
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Using the glue gun, start gluing together each of the cut out pieces of paper roll one at a time until you have completed the flower.
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You may chooe to glue 5 or 6 paper roll pieces together. As you glue each paper roll section together, apply a paperclip to the glued sections until the glue dries.
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Be sure to remove the paperclips before hanging the final project on the wall.
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Here’s picture of the finished product:
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